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Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO)
The American Guild of Organists was founded in 1896 as an educational and service organization and is headquartered in New York City. Under the leadership of the National Council, a network of volunteer officials at the regional, district and local levels directs the activities of
the guild. The guild is divided into nine geographical regions; the
Greater Hartford Chapter belongs
to Region I (New England) and is one of the largest and most active chapters in the region.
Click HERE to access information on our 2022 Pipe Organ Encounter (POE)
LETTER FROM THE DEAN:
As we plan our respective program years in churches, synagogues, schools, non-profits, etc., we continue facing some of the same pandemic-related challenges that we had hoped to overcome by now. The holiday season is over, but many places of worship have had to go back to livestream-only services and postponed choral seasons. Although we are hopeful that the Omicron surge will subside soon, we are asked to remain cautious and flexible.
Michelle Horsley, Dean
various locations and dates
OrgelKids sessions at local schools and churches
Susan Carroll, OrgelKids Coordinator
Date and location TBD
Jolidon Scholars Recital
In-person concert featuring Jolidon scholarship recipients.
Friday, April 29th at 7:00pm
Erik Suter, organist
An offering of the Jolidon Concert Series 2021-2022 season, hosted at St. Joseph Cathedral in Hartford.
Saturday, May 7th at 4:00pm
Michael Hey, organist
Christiana Liberis, violinist
An offering of the Jolidon Concert Series 2021-2022 season, hosted at Asylum Hill Congregational Church
Date and location TBD
The annual meeting of the Greater Hartford Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, which includes the election of new officers and the unveiling of the 2022-2023 season.
June 26th - July 1st
POE (Pipe Organ Encounter)
An intensive educational outreach program for teenagers aged 13-18. Faculty include: Susan Carroll, Katelyn Emerson, Nathaniel Gumbs, Michelle Horsley, Christopher Houlihan, Vaughn Mauren, Ezequiel Menendez, and Natasha Ulyanovsky. The POE will be hosted at Trinity College in Hartford and will feature instruments in Hartford and at Yale University.
One of the most exciting unveilings this year in our chapter programming has been the new Jolidon Concert Series, with performances this year by David Hurd, Chelsea Chen, Michael Hey, Christiana Liberis, and Erik Suter. Due to the current COVID rates in Connecticut, the first Jolidon concert of 2022 - previously scheduled for February 13th - has now been postponed until May 7th at Asylum Hill Congregational Church. We cross our fingers that the infection rate by then will be nominal. And of course, all of these concerts are offered to the public for free.
We also continue supporting other organizations in their music programming, offering grants through the Jolidon Fund. This year's deadline is April 11th, with awards announced on May 1st. You'll find the grant applications available on this website under the "Scholarships" tab. Applications may be sent to HartfordAGO@Gmail.Com.
The Greater Hartford Chapter is also committed to the empowerment and education of new organists! We continue offering Jolidon Scholarships, which are renewable based on merit. For the youngest among us, the chapter's OrgelKids kit instrument - a fully functional pipe organ intended for children and youth to assemble - is being shared at various churches and schools. In the summer, we will be hosting a POE (Pipe Organ Encounter) from June 26th-July 1st. For the 2022 National AGO Convention, this year in Seattle, our chapter has decided to make $5,000 available for young organists wanting to attend. Each accepted candidate will receive $1000 which will help subsidize the cost of their attendance and transportation for this significant event.
This spring - COVID willing - we will host a Jolidon Scholars Recital (in-person this time) as well as 2 more Jolidon Concert Series events (Christiana Liberis & Michael Hey and Erik Suter) as well as our Annual Meeting in May.
Here's to continued strength, flexibility, creativity, but above all, grace.
Michelle Horsley, Dean
Greater Hartford Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, You Tube Channel
Dean: Michelle Horsley
Secretary: Robert Gilbert
Treasurer: Bob Bausmith
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